Sunday, September 23, 2012

U.S.S. Edson

It took me a long time to get my trip pictures posted.  I'm working on getting caught up.

In early August, the U.S.S. Edson  was towed to Bay City where she'll become a floating museum. 

I was working the weekend she passed up the Detroit River.  I got out of work just as she became visible down the river.  This was the second picture I took as she move past Wyandotte.

Taken from the area of the marina behind Wyandotte Hosptial.

Next, I met my friend Ken at Del Rey Park.  We decided to chase it up the river since it is a rare occurrence to see a warship on the Detroit River.  While waiting, the HHL Congo passed downbound.  This ship is new and only in her second shipping season.  She was launched in 2011 and originally called the Beluga Fealty.

Turning upriver led by the tug Colonel.  The Edson's engines are inoperative, so she had to be towed to her destination.

Passing Del Rey Park.  The U.S.S. Edson is a Forrest Sherman class destroyer.  It was launched in 1958.  In  1988 she was decommissioned and for a time was docked at the Intrepid Museum in New York until she was replaced by the Concorde.

A shot of her two rear 5" guns.  There were people on the Edson.  Here you can see one standing behind the rear gun wearing orange.

The bow 5" gun.

The Colonel.

Assisting in the move was the Manitou.

Our next stop was Riverside Park.  Although 'closed,' there is a blatant disregard for this.  People are there fishing and enjoying the waterfront.  Unfortunately, being closed means that the park isn't being maintained.  Trash was abundant.  The few trash cans there were, were overflowing with garbage.

The procession passes under the Ambassador Bridge.

Next, we headed to Milliken State Park in Detroit.

The Curtis Randolph, Detroit's fire boat saluting the Edson.  I didn't know Detroit had a fire boat.  I find the fact that it is operational more surprising than the fact that Detroit has it.

Lastly, we went to Belle Isle to catch her before she headed into Lake Saint Clair.

Not far behind the Edson was the Garganey.  The Garganey was built in China and is operated by the Canadian Forrest Navigation Company.  She is and ocean going vessel and can carry 37,000 tons of cargo.  The Garganey is also the name of a small duck.

1 comment:

  1. I like the picture where it looks like she is under her own power.

    The Garganey shot is pretty cool too.